Friday, November 24, 2017

Michelin: Lamma Show preview for new AxioBib 2 range

By WniF editors

Michelin host an exclusive UK preview of its all-new AxioBib 2 tyre range at this year’s Lamma Show, allowing farmers and contractors to view the new agricultural tyre ahead of its planned international launch in June 2017.

The new tyres will initially be available in two dimensions, the Very High Flexion VF650/65R42 and VF540/65R30 for 160hp to 320hp tractors. Further sizes wll be added later in the year. The new range bridges the gap between Michelin’s proven XeoBib (120hp to 220hp) and AxioBib (300+hp) ranges, and is designed to meet the rising trend for tyres that can carry high loads at lower pressures.

Michelin’s customer engineering support manager, Gordon Brookes, said the AxioBib 2 stood out for its exceptional load capacity from its VF construction and 650mm section width.

“We expect this will make it a firm favourite for ploughing,” he added. “Farmers also tell us they prefer a 42-inch over 38-inch variants, meaning this tyre should hit the sweet-spot for many.”

The tyres also carry the Narrow Rim Option (NRO) markings on the sidewall, which confirm their higher load capacity without the need for farmers to upgrade to wider wheel rims. Each VF 650/65R42 AxioBib 2 tyre is also capable of carrying an extra 2,450kg at 65kph than the same size of MultiBib, making it particularly desirable given the increasing weight of new farm machinery, and can operate at speeds up to 70kph (where legal).

When set at optimum pressures, VF tyres provide significant benefits in terms of traction, soil protection and fuel economy compared to conventional technology tyres thanks to their enlarged footprint.

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